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benedict xvi stunned every this week by announcing he is resigning at the end of this month. we expect the cardinals to gather in mid-to late march to elect a new pope. our brian todd has a closer look now at who will run things in the meantime, and at the politics of picking the pope's successor. >> reporter: it is politics in overdrive, with the pope leaving february 28th, who will be in power at the vatican until a new pope is elected. there is a position, a right-hand man to the pope, who deals with finances and the managing tasks. it was portrayed as a master power broker. in real life, the title was held by the cardinal who also holds the powerful position of secretary of state, who in the vatican is like a prime minister. but experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the stuff of movie legend. >> despite the job title and movies, he is not the best organizer? >> no, the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band, the number one criticism is they couldn't make the job run on time. >> reporter: the correspondent for the national catholic reporter newspaper says that
benedict xvi says he'll resign at the end of this month after only eight years as leader of the world's 1 billion roman catholics. he says it's because of his age and his health. and now the question being asked around the world, who will be the next pope? we're watching what's going on. we have several correspondents in rome. pope benedict's papacy has been marked by serious controversies, especially the sex abuse scandal and his prior role as the church's lead investigator personally handling every single case that made its way to the vatican. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. we're going to go to rome in just a few moments, but tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, here at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception they were shocked as anyone. this is the spot where it was one the most talked about moments of his visit to the united states almost five years ago. the place where he addressed one of the biggest controversies of his tenure and there was certainly no shortage of those during his papacy. the scrutiny began before he even
his resignation. alan pizzey has benedict's final public mass. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the corner's office is working to make a positive identification on remains recovered from the ruins of a cabin in san bernardino county, the scene of a ferocious shoot-out yesterday between christopher dorner and sheriffs deputies. the remains are believed to be those of dorner. his firing by the l.a. pd allegedly sent him on a killing spree that began 10 days ago and left four people dead. he was targeting police officers and their families. when the manhunt came to a sudden, violent end, correspondent carter evans was there. >> reporter: we were on the side of road when we decided to follow this unmarked police truck less than a mile away, we came to a dead stop right in the middle of a firefight. >> i see a lot of these authorities moving to take cover themselves. ( gunfire ) the man believed to be christopher dorner was cornered in this cabin. he was shooting at police with a high-powered sniper rifle. >>
>>> right now at 5:00, tens of thousands have gathered at the vatican to see one of pope benedict's last public appear ens before he steps down. we'll have bay area reaction as well. >>> also san francisco police are asking for the public's help in finding this man who is suspected in a couple of mission district attacks. >>> and a historic day in racing as danica patrick breaks down a longstanding barrier. we'll show you, next. >>> nbc bay area news starts now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. less than two weeks before pope benedict steps down, a massive crowd gathered to hear what could be one of his last public prayers. 50,000 people came to st. peter's square, doubled last week's crowd. >> reporter: in rome where there is no shortage of must-see attractions, suddenly elderly pope benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years, but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. iz exit from his last public mass on ash wednesday turned churchgoers into paparazzi. the hottest ticket
talent appears at wx center with generic >>> we learned today that once pope benedict leaves office, his new title will be bishop emeritus of rome. today, ash wednesday, benedict explained his decision to retire saying, "i am no longer capable of carrying out peter's ministry with the strength needed." allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: flash photography is frowned upon in saint peter's basilica, but it was a sin worth committing today as the faithful crowded in to get a glimpse of the pope at his last public mass. benedict's frailty, which played a part in his decision to resign, was evident. but so too was the faith and sense of duty which made him take a job he said he never wanted. he said the mass was a good opportunity to thank everyone and ask for a special remembrance in prayer. he used his sermon to criticize recent infighting among priests at the vatican, saying the church's image had been hurt. the mood was bittersweet, tears wiped away discreetly. [ applause ] >> reporter: and a very unchurch-like standing ovation in the b
sure you're ready. at devry.edu. ♪ ♪ >> pelley: we learned today that once pope benedict leaves office his new title will be bishop emeritus of rome. today, ash wednesday, benedict explained his decision to retire saying "i am no longer capable of carrying out peter's ministry with the strength needed." alan pizzey is in vatican city. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: flash photography is frownd upon in st. peter's basilica but it was a sin worth committing today as the faithful crowded in to get a glimpse of the pope at his last public mass. benedict's frailty which played a part in his decision to resign, was evident. but so, too, was the faith and sense of duty which made him take a job he said he never wanted. he said the mass was a good opportunity to thank everyone and ask for a special remembrance in prayer. he used his homily to criticize recent in-fighting among priests at the vatican, saying the church's image had been hurt. the mood was bittersweet. tears wiped away discreetly. ( applause ) and a very unchurch-like standing ovation in the basilica where popes are both announced and b
breaking news out of the vatican where it was announced moments ago that pope benedict xvi will resign, he will resign effective february 28 of this year. nbc's bureau chief located in rome joins us on the phone. what can you it tell us? >> reporter: good morning, matt. yes, it came as a shock, of course, for all of us and are for the billions of catholics around the world. i mean, i just got confirmation of that news from the senior adviser who said that he made that speech, the pope made the speech in latin this morning, during a relatively small event, for the cannonization in the reswrr region of the south. he said he just doesn't have the strength anymore. this came as a shock because the pope has a right to resign. nobody has before him he especiy that it comes off john paul ii a man who at 85 wasn't even able to walk and neither speak really, was mumbling towards the end of his life. and pope benedict saying i just don't have it anymore. i don't have the strength anymore to bear my mission to carry on the catholic church. >> claudio, is there concern or is there some speculation tha
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minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
the super bowl a week ago. >>> and the end of mardi gras ushers lent season with pope benedict leaving the church. nbc's chris jansing is inside the vatican where the audience with the pope is about to get under way. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, to you, mara. in half an hour, we will get the first viewing of pope benedict since he made that shocking decision to step down. this is an audience. and it is the first of what will be several appearances before his last day as pope which is february 28th. later today because it's ash wednesday he will be saying mass. normally, it's held in a very small church near here but it's been moved to st. peter because of the expected demand for attendance. and then on sunday, he will come out on the balcony which is the traditional sunday, and after that there are expected to be very few appearances by pope benedict, as you know, made the decision because he's becoming increasingly frail over the past several years and months to step down. so we'll be looking in the knicks half hour to see how he seems to be doing, how his health is
pictures of the vatican, pope benedict xvi. this will be his first ma mass celebration. this is live pictures on this ash wednesday much the beginning of the lent season in which christians will observe a time of reflection and prayer and of course, this will be an interesting season as pope benedict prepares for his final days as the pope. >> right. this is his regular weekly audience that you're watching live. just started a few minutes ago. the pope literally just took to the stage. later today, he'll hold that ash wednesday service as well. a lot of folks who were not planning to be at vatican city changed their plans. we, of course, will continue to monitor this as a the morning continues and bring you updates as changes happen. >>> now let's check the forecast. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with changes. tom sm. >> clouds are rolling in from the south and west and producing some precipitation by later this afternoon. right now in the low to mid-30s most of the region. as we look at the day ahead, it's going to be chilly this morning but ought to climb into the
, of course, but nobody has done it since 13th century. well, the pope benedict xvi said it two years ago. if i feel like my strength or he kept it general, if a pope doesn't have the strength to carry on to perform his duties, it is very important duties for the 1.2 billion catholics around the world, he should step down. it's something that nobody's even considered in modern times. even john paul 2 who was much more ill or much more tired looking and ill, of course. he was very ill than pope benedict xvi looks and he said i had enough of this and just going to retire and read and live a spiritual life until the end and leave it with somebody younger and stamina. who that guy or pope will be, we don't know yet. we'll know soon. >> all right. thank you very much, claudio. let's bring in nbc news vatican analyst george wigle and father thomas at georgetown university. gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us. george, you have been on air all pretty much throughout the day. your initial reaction to this news, especially knowing what the pope said two years ago? >> i wasn't surprised at t
and iran. a live look at pope benedict xvi holding a weekly audience at the vatican. this is the first public appearance since announcing he will resign at the end of the month. he will deliver his final ash wednesday mass. he told a crowd of thousands that he is resigning for the good of the church hope bened - pope benedict announced he was stepping down because of health concerns. passengers have reported that there is no running water few running toilets and limited access to food. president and ceo jerry cahill says that is simply not true. >> there is running water and a good number of bathrooms that do work. in a situation like this you are going to be sensitive to all hygiene procedures. we are going along with how we handle things and going along the situation on board. i can tell you there have not been any abnormal people who have reported to the infirmary. >> tug bows are pulling the ship to mobile alabama. it is expect to do arrive sometime tomorrow. carnival booked hotel room and flights to get passengers home from there as soon as possible. the ntsb is investigating what
benedict made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a pack chapel to celebrate ash wednesday. pope benedict told the faithful he is stepping down for the good of the church. citing his frail health. the church plans to have a new pope in place by easter. the end of lent. >>> the carnival cruise ship triumph is being thoughed back. the cruise line has chartered flights to return everyone top houston once they arrive. in the meantime passengers are complaining of overflowing toilets and hot conditions on board. some are choosing to sleep on the deck rather than in their cabinets. >>> four teenagers killed in san suv crash were cow sins in oakland -- cousins in oakland. in the tours say the teenager were heading home from watching a rugby tournament in las vegas when their vehicle hit a center divide. a fifth person survived the crash and is recovering in the hospital. >>> time now 4:44. a man suspected of trying to blow up a bank in oakland is in court today. 28-year-old matthew
. i will tell you when i get here. >> saying goodbye to pope benedict, the crowd tonight came out for one of the final official act tonight. >> love in the workplace, the surprising new study on office romance tonight >> walnut creek, campbell and all the bay area this is abc7 news. >> in pittsburg a high speed chase ended with the after three people accused of stealing a car. antioch police say they chased the man and two women from antioch to highway 4 to pittsburg around 4:00 this morning. border agent tonight are looking for encourage thieve tonight. agent tonight in oakland discovered something in a shipment of dried flower tonight which grow tonight in the wilds of australia that can cause problem on agriculture here. if the weed take tonight root it could have a devastating impact on our economy. >> you probably know that tomorrow is valentine's day. i hope. if you are looking for love, a survey says it may have be right next to you in the office. there was a survey of 4,000 worker across the country and 39 percent of workers have date add co-worker once over the course of
goodbye to pope benedict, the crowd tonight came out for one of the final official act tonight. >> love in the workplace, the surprising new study on office romance tonight >> walnut creek, campbell and all the bay area this is abc7 news. >> in pittsburg a high speed chase ended with the after three people accused of stealing a car. antioch police say they chased the man and two women from antioch to highway 4 to pittsburg around 4:00 this morning. border agent tonight are looking for encourage thieve tonight. agent tonight in oakland discovered something in a shipment of dried flower tonight which grow tonight in the wilds of australia that can cause problem on agriculture here. if the weed take tonight root it could have a devastating impact on our economy. >> you probably know that tomorrow is valentine's day. i hope. if you are looking for love, a survey says it may have be right next to you in the office. there was a survey of 4,000 worker across the country and 39 percent of workers have date add co-worker once over the course of their career. 16 percent reported going out with th
and presents itself as a custodian that is unchanging. it came as a shock this week that pope benedict has decided to resign. >> it absolutely shocked me as a lifelong, practicing, and admittedly imperfect catholic. it is astounding, especially his predecessor having gone through a long, painful public death. one of the critics of pope benedict was that you don't come out of the cross. to meet it is an active in, stability and honesty -- act of enormous humility and honesty. >> how many leaders in washington give up power willingly? >> george washington is the only example i can think of. when they announced it, they said it had not happened in 600 years, and you realize how venerable an ancient this institution is. the last time it happened it was a century before columbus. >> maybe the reason he decided to retire was that he was there when the previous pope had this long and agonizing death. you realize that he is just tired, depressed, human, actually. >> colby? >> know when to hold them and know when to fold them, and he made the right call. >> he has his critics. >> i am standing on t
pope benedict had a pacemaker for years and he underwent secret surgery throw months ago to replace the battery. the vatican says pope benedict will not take part in choosing the successor. he appointed most of the cardinals would will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. in the bay area many who gather for mass last night prayed for the pope. some students hope the next pontiff opens a dialogue on issues such as married priests and same-sex marriage. >> i believe in a lot of the traditions and stands we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> i don't know about women priests but more respect and authority and power for the women in the church, the laywomen and the nuns and sisters. >> the pope resigns february 28 and the vatican hopes to have a new pope by easter, a month later. >> the white house confirms that president obama will talk about north korea's latest nuclear test in the state of the union address. right new, the united states security council is holding a closed session, emergency meeting, to discuss what actions to take next. early
as pope benedict xvi celebrates his final public mass as holy father still ahead. >> we've got a cold rain in northwest, but reports of sleet and snow from culpeper to clarkbsurg, here's a look at radar and here's the area of rain, going to be a wet commute home. a little bit of snow now rolling into the mountain and i- 81 corridor. we'll let you know if you'll see any accumulation in the metro area. >> coming up after the break a woman kidnapped and held hostage tells her story of torment and recovery 20 years after her rescue. >>> has he volunteered anything about this? >> he has said a few things now. i know that he is having a very hard time sleeping soundly. he swings his arms and tosses and turns and he's cried out a few times. >> in an exclusive interview that aired right here on wusa9 this afternoon the mother of 6- year-old ethan gillman talked to dr. phil about how she survived a parent's worst nightmare. it was just two weeks ago that ethan was kidnapped from his alabama school bus by a gunman and held in an underground bunker nearly a week. he's safe now, but jennifer kirkland
but critiques say it may encourage i will legal i'm sorry. >>> today pope benedict xvi pleased thousands of pilgrims from his window at st. peter's square. >> cbs reporter samey johnson explain why some think the pope should not participate. >> reporter: there is much debate on who will replace pope benedict xvi, stepping down due to health. the papal's conclave is a closed-door conference. among the 100-plus cardinals to attend, cardinal mahoney. cath likes united, with 50,000 members, make up the national group with 1,600 here in los angeles. they oppose cardinal mahoney taking part in the conclave given the church sexual abuse scandal. >> it is unbelievable that he would go there. i think it is just wrong. >> reporter: catholics united started a petition asking cardinal mahoney to recluse himself from the conclave. but not all catholics agree that the cardinal should it is out of the conclave. >> he is still part of the growing catholic church, so, i believe he should be involved. >> reporter: yet others like louise brown are not sure. alities we are need in of forward thinking
in america. >> we'll find out tonight. >>> what's next? we show you where pope benedict will live after he resigns. and will one of these men make history as the new pope? union address tonight. but we begin with the breaking news at this hour, out of california. police closing in on the former cop accused of the murder rampage. christopher dorner exchanging fire with s.w.a.t. teams. officers wounded, images streaming in of police officers, guns drawn, searching cars. and abc's cecilia vega is there to tell us what is happening right now. cecilia? >> reporter: diane, good evening. the situation is still ongoing. this is what we know. christopher dorner is holed up on a house on that mountain. two officers have been shot and wounded. los angeles police just went on live television to broadcast a plea to him. telling him, enough is enough, it's time to turn yourself in. >> if he's watching this, a message for himself is, enough is enough. it's time to turn yourself in, it's time to stop the bloodshed. it's time to let this event and let this incident be over. >> reporter: in the remote mount
that turns out for her. bill: we are learning more about pope benedict's decision to set aside including information about his health that we did not know before today. shepard smith is live at the vatican. we'll talk to him live in a moment. martha: florida senator marco rubio is set to give the republican response to the state of the union tonight and it will be unlike any other response in history we are told, when we come back. martha: uncertainty today for the world's 1.2 billion catholics, just a day after pope benedict dropped a bit of a bombshell that stunned the world announcing his intention to step aside, which is really not done, and he will do that at the end of this month. today we are learning new details about that decision, about his health and about the role that he will play in the future of the catholic church, and that is how we start with that beautiful vatican city background this morning. i'm martha maccallum, welcome. bill: i'm bill hemmer. morning martha, the vatican saying pope benedict will be hands-off in the selection of the next holy father, they made that
. >>> we continue to keep an eye on the vatican this morning as pope benedict addresses the catholic faithful for the first time since news broke that he's stepping down. >>> also ahead, an alabama mother sharing for the first time what her son went through as he was held hostage for days. >>> the report blaming a sugary drink for the death of a woman. >>> we continue to watch the weather for you as well as we wait for another winter storm system to arrive. what you can expect throughout the day with weather and traffic on >>> i'm angie goff at the live desk. pope benedict xvi speaking for the first time after his announcement that he is stepping down as pope. this is what he told the crowd. he said he is resigning for the good of the church. he repeatedly said in italian that he didn't have the strength to continue. he said i did this in the full liberty for the good of the church. you're looking at live pictures right now as the general meeting gets under way. this is benedict's first appearance since he shocked the world in news that he will leave his position at the end of the mo
pales next to world events. you ever met any dogs named benedict or the pope? >> not yet. >> but news of the pope's retirement penetrated westminster, and rudy the engslish sheep dog got the same treatment on the way to the hair show. when it's a bad dog hair day, you can always get rid of the hair. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> jeshe loves though stories about the dogs in new york. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, shocking announcement out of the vatican today. >>> plus a power struggle in the republican party. in the end, who will be the voice of the gop? somebody might die in this fight. will rubio win or somebody like rand? >> and ted nugent has been invited to attend tomorrow's state of the union address. we have a preview of what he might say in a special report. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. everyone. i'm erin burnett. toght, the fourth most powerful man in the world resigns. pope benedict xvi surprised many of his 1.2 billion fall ors worldwide when he said he was going to step down at the end of the month, and the reason, his age. nearl
the state of the union is strong. which it is. meanwhile, catholics still can't believe that pope benedict xvi is actually resigning after all that hasn't happened in 600 years. joe biden says yeah, i'm thinking about it. we'll see how that goes. all of that and a lot more. first, let's get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson standing by at our studios in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill. that's right. we're all awaiting the president's big state of the union address today taking place from the u.s. capitol at 9:00 eastern tonight. we're expecting to focus on quite a few issues including immigration, gun safety, same-sex marriage equality and of course, the economy. gun violence though is the big question here. not whether or not he'll address it because of course, he will. but which aspects he will choose to talk about and how much the issue will dominate the night. we know about 30 house democrats are bringing victims of gun violence as their guests tonight. and so are other members of the administration. all in all, we can expect 120 of tonight's at
in a couple of minutes. >>> want to get you to vatican city and pope benedict's farewell tour. he spoke in several languages in st. peter's square and he got to spanish and thanked the faithful in the wake of his decision, of course, to resign and asked for prayers for the next pope as well. this was a larger than usual crowd for the weekly prayer by the pope, because it's one of his last scheduled public appearances before he leaves the vatican at the end of the month so the day after he leaves the cardinal of colleges is expected to pick his successor and coming up at the half hour, we want to take a closer look at you with the intrigue and secrecy with the church as well as hollywood's obsession with the vatican. think about all the movies that come out about it. >> we are now hearing from jess jess jr.'s family just a day after his details of his plea bargain went public. jackson admitted to using campaign funds for personal expenses, such as a $43,000 watch and apparently some fur coats. his brother talked about jackson's health and how he's handling recent events. >> still under a
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the country around the globe. today is benedict xvi's last day on the job as pope. it is jack lew's first day on the job as our new treasury secretary. and today is the last chance congress has to take any action to avoid the sequester. it ain't gonna happen. the cuts are going to kick in. now, the only question is who is going to get the blame? we know who deserves the blame republicans in the house of representatives. that's it. that and a lot more for the "full court press." first, let's get the latest, we start out with our current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. the senate today will vote on two plans to deal with the sequester but lawmakers still are not confident they'll be able to reach a deal before tomorrow. both piece of legislation would prevent those across the board spending cuts at least temporarily. democrats are offering up a plan to put off this year's cuts by increasing the tax on millionaires up to 30% and by taking some money away from defense and farm payments. republicans say no way on raising
, what we're learning about pope benedict. new pictures of the place he will live in retirement. and the call for a new pope who represents a changing world. abc's david wright is at the vatican for us tonight. >> reporter: at the end of the month, he'll have to move out of the apostolic palace, the pope's official residence since the 17th century. every previous occupant has stayed until he died. pope benedict will be the first to walk out the door. he won't have to walk far. today, the vatican revealed his retirement home is just behind st. peter's. a former nunnery with its own chapel and library. today, the vatican spokesman also disclosed new details about the pope's deteriorating health, revealing he has a pacemaker and he recently underwent surgery to replace the batteries. >> nothing sudden. but over the past few years, he certainly slowed down a bit. >> reporter: already, the focus is on choosing his successor. a process that's not at all like voting for president. >> you try to read god's mind. you say, lord, who do you want as pope? >> reporter: a black pope or an asi
. >>> pope benedict is presiding over what is believed to be his final mass on this ash wednesday. nbc's chris jansing is live on phone now inside the vatican where the general audience is listening to pope benedict. good morning. >> good morning. i just seconds stepped out from that audience. i can tell you when the pope made his appearance, the reaction was absolutely ecstatic. he walked without help to the chair and now for several minutes has been reading a statement which is traditional at these audiences saying that he decided to step down for the good of the church and thanking people for their prayers. this is the first of two appearances later today will be the mass which will be held at st. peter's. typically it is held at a much smaller church in rome. this is the really last important day in the church calendar where he'll preside as pope before stepping down on february 28th. the timing, we are told, part of his own plan is that he would like to have a new pope in place in time for easter. but the pope making his final appearance as you're able to see from rome. i can tell
. >>> a huge turnout at the vatican today as pope benedict blessed the faithful overlooking st. peter's square. cardinals will vote for a successor. now we may see white smoke rising from the sistine chapel earlier than expected. >> reporter: alex, 50,000 people came to hear the pope. double the size from last week. this is the first pope in modern history to resign the post. he spoke in six languages and thanking them for prayers and support and adding in his german, that these were difficult days. the crowd in turn responded with respect and affection. in rome, where there is no shortage of must-see attractions, suddenly pope benedict is the main stay. this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit from his last public mass on ash wednesday turned churchgoers into paparazzi. the season of lent is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will have tw
benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit on ash wednesday turned church goers into paparazzi. the solemn season of lent in vatican city is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town, benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets, says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will now have two living popes. >> there are lots of stories -- >> reporter: author george weigel is an nbc analyst. >> technically there are not two popes. he ceases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there has never been a bishop of rome for 1700 years. i think he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> reporter: in meeting with rome's priests benedict said once he steps down he will remain hidden from the home and will live in this renovated monastery and c
'm erin burnett. tonight, the fourth most powerful man in the world resigns. pope benedict xvi surprised many of his 1.2 billion fall ors worldwide when he said he was going to step down at the end of the month, and the reason, his age. nearly one in four americans identifies as catholic. according to the church, the catholic population worldwide has about 15 million members in 2010. the latest year for which there was data. about 17% of the planet is catholic. now, a church is believed to be the third largest landowner in the world, so it's hard to estimate what the church owns and what it's worth. economists estimate annual spending just by the united states by the catholic church and its entities was about $170 billion in one year, 2010. sister simone campbell is the executive director of the national catholic justice lobby. brian finny worked for opus dei. scary guys. let me start with you, sister simone. i wart to start with a serious issue. $3.3 billion has been paid out by the church in the past 15 years to settle rape and molestation charges of boys against priests. pope benedict
is expected to be the second most tropical storm. he's pope for two more weeks.but pope benedict celebrated his final public mass today. he got a big welcome from the crowd.and a standing ovation that lasted for minutes. he talked a little more about why he's stepping down -- saying it's for the 'good of the church.' benedict has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people who were in the audience talked about the experience. this was the scene inside st. peter's cathedral. the 85-year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choose a new pope. they'll begin the process next month. now for today's market update. now, he has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people talk to the about the experience. >> it is very emotional. and >> a lot of people wanted to make them feel like we had sympathy. we were on his side, so to speak. season of the 85 year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choosing appalled. they will begin that process next month to choose a new- pope ... wi
reed, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you very much. >>> pope benedict makes one of his final appearances in st. peter's square. our news headlines are up late. and later senator turned lobbyist chris dodd says don't blame violent movies for gun crimes. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. i have a great fit with my dentures. i love kiwis. i've always had that issue with the seeds getting under my denture. super poligrip free -- it creates a seal of the dentures in my mouth. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. super poligrip free made the kiwi an enjoyable experience. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. some brokerage firms are. but way too many aren't. why? because selling their funds makes them more money. which makes you wonder -- isn't that
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